What We Learned About Larry Summers

Time magazine tells us about Obama’s chief economic adviser:

His controversial comments about women’s aptitude for math and science were a reminder that he operates best when he is working behind the scenes.

Oh, so that was the lesson. I had been under the misapprehension that the lesson had something to do with Larry Summers’ sexism.

Time also writes that of Obama’s incoming economic team,

Summers is the one to watch. He is expected to do for the economy what strong-minded and ambitious National Security Advisers like Henry Kissinger have done for foreign policy: plan it, set it and control it.

To be clear, it would seem that Time magazine means this as a compliment–to Summers’ apparent talents, and to Kissinger’s legacy.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.